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  1. Tangle continues to be the MVP of this story it seems like.
  2. It's interesting talking about future films. I mean, for one, it's worth noting that Jim Carrey has always been quite against sequels in his career. Ace Ventura 2 was really the only exception, and then eventually he did a sequel to Dumb & Dumber 20 years after the first movie (and after a terrible prequel where his character was recast.) If Carrey comes back for Sonic 3, this would be the first trilogy he has ever done. I mean, I know Carrey has passed the prime of his career, Sonic is arguably been a bit of a comeback for him, but I honestly don't think it's a certainity he'll be back for Sonic 3. I think it's probable, but y'know, I think it also depends on how happy Carrey is to keep going on. The man turned 59 this year. I think Sonic 3 is possible for him, but I really doubt he'll do Sonic 4 and beyond. I'd probably say the same about the rest of the live action cast like James Marsden. I think 3 films would be enough for them. Even for the director, Jeff Fowler, wouldn't be surprised if he did the trilogy and then went onto perhaps bigger things, proving that he can direct successful movies. (Also, is the Wikipedia article correct saying that he actually worked on the Shadow the Hedgehog game as a "CG Movie Production"?) I mean, we are in the age of the cinematic universe. Even back in the 2000's, the idea of film franchises being more than 3 films was often joke worthy, like the Rocky movies. The fourth film in a franchise seemed always doomed to fail and be bad. But now anything is possible, people can be invested in very long running franchises. Fast & Furious 9 is a legitimate blockbuster, not a punchline. Hopefully Sonic could do that. But I also think alot of the live action actors will move on. My guess: Sonic 2 ends with Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles as a trio. All future movies feature them as a trio and the main cast. Any future Sonic characters who will turn up in the movies will effectively be one movie only. Sonic 3 will be the last for James Marsden and Jim Carrey. Shadow will be the big guest star. Movie ends with Sonic moving back to his dimension and leaving James Marsden's family. Sonic 4 will see Sonic and co meet up with a new family, maybe for a new trilogy. Each subsequent movie has its own villian and a couple more characters brought in.
  3. Congrats Dr Detective Mike. You've waded through a lot of crap but hopefully, it was all worth it. But y'know, perhaps Penders isn't all bad? I mean, wouldn't the IDW run be so much better if Sonic was trying to mack out on Tangle, Whisper, Blaze, and Rouge behind Amy's back? Wouldn't the action scenes be so much better with unnceccesary, verbose, word salad paragraphs to accompany them? Wouldn't you want Knuckles to start brawling with Sonic after arriving on Angel Island during the Metal Virus arc, rather than working together? Wouldn't that be so much better?
  4. Wonder if the issue might be that Sega isn't that interested in collaborating with American franchises? I mean, unless TMNT, Transformers, MLP are big in Japan, I wonder if it just might be Sega doesn't see the reason or value to do a collaboration with those. Compared to Mega Man which is a Japanese franchise essentially made by a contemporary in their industry.
  5. Enjoying the reviews as always Dr. Detective Mike. So close yet so far. The story after Songoose is pretty atrocious I reckon, the last final awful Penders story. The actual last Penders story, #157-#159 I think, isn't too awful actually, just very mediocre I'd say. A very unmemorable way for his era to end.
  6. The IDW panel is in just a few hours. I'll be at work while it airs so won't be able to watch it live, if it is possible to watch it anywhere, I think Tails Channel might stream it? Be interesting to see if anything gets announced besides more info on the 30th anniversary book. Welp, time to hype myself like I usually do whenever one of these things happen. Personally, like I keep saying, my hope is that a second monthly book is launched alongside the main Sonic book. Lesser hope is another mini-series. But also could just be nothing but the 30th book and maybe some upcoming issues of the main book. Ah well, should be interesting regardless.
  7. #38 is out on Comixology. Nothing too much to say on it I think, kindof your typical part 2 of 4 issue where things just steadily move forward. Still enjoy it though, hoping it builds up to something good.
  8. Wow, was it really issue #151 where Nicole gets her Lynx body? I actually really like Nicole, they do some cool stuff with her, and like I say I haven't even got past #220 yet. But yeah, #150 is a real trainwreck. The implications it has are very troubling, but to be honest I do try to look at it rather humourously as well. I mean, the plot literally is "Sonic's evil doppleganger pretends to be Sonic so he can get laid, for the landmark 150th issue." It's awful but also amazingly absurd. If we had to rank the worst singular issues of Archie Sonic, I think #150 has to be at the bottom, for both stories it contains. Just 7 more issues of Penders left.
  9. Should be interesting, I guess. Got to be honest though, I have little interest in "Classic Sonic". I mean, I liked the Mania Adventure shorts, but honestly I'd rather have whatever this 30th special turns out to be tie-in to the IDW run, rather than it being it's own thing, especially with no annual this year. But y'know, that's just my opinion. I'm sure Ian Flynn will do a good job with it, and I guess with current Sega mandate, this will be the only way to get more stuff with Ray and Mighty, and who knows, perhaps Team Hooligan will get to turn up in this?
  10. I do find some of the replies in this thread interesting. Just find it fascinating that regardless of quality, people seem fine not porting games to more modern systems so that people can actually play them. Yeah, alot of old games are available cheaply if you have the respective hardware thanks to sites like eBay, but over time getting old hardware and sortware is just going to become slowly more difficult and expensive over time. Currently Knuckles Chaotix is a game that has never been ported off the 32X and that game and the 32X itself will set you back several hundred dollars. That game is basically only available via PC emulation nowadays unless you really are that inclined or happen to be rich enough to afford the original version. Granted, the 32X never sold much, but still, the point stands. I sortof agree with users, really the 2 best ways to do collections for Sonic would either by chronology or by genre. I think I would lean heavier on genre though, I think that makes a bit more sense, especially when it comes to marketing. Think it would be easier to sell a bunch of 3D games together or a bunch of 2D games together, or a retro collection, or indeed, even a racing collection would make sense to me. (R + Riders trilogy + Rivals duology + Sumo racing trilogy.) Really though, I'd love to see collections on the same level as Capcom's recent Mega Man collections, specifically the high quality of care and love put into their X collection and most recently their Zero and ZX collection. (Which includes 2 DS games which while a little awkward do work.) And the great thing about these collections is that in the future, any time a new console comes out, all Capcom has to do is port the collections, all the hard work getting the original games in HD is done, just update the collections for future systems and hardware. To me, I think it would be great for Sonic to have this, and really, I don't see why not. Especially with the success of Sonic Mania, which proves people have an appetite for 2D Sonic, it just seems like it would make sense to market a 2D collection to lovers of Mania. I kindof hope Sega does this kindof thing. I mean they seem to understand the value of the Mega Drive classics, surely they'll realise the worth of the number of Sonic games just gathering dust on their original releases.
  11. #37 is out, Eggman's got a new tower, the mystery of Belle continues, but most importantly... Lanolin gets lines! And interacts with people! She'll have her own book in a year's time. Still, I enjoy this. I must admit, yeah, Belle isn't quite clicking with me, which is a little bit of a shame. I feel like I clicked with Tangle, Whisper, Jewel, the Skunk Brothers, Starline... Maybe it'll help when she starts to bond with another character like Tangle? And yeah the robot shaming thing, while making sense, does seem a little weird since I don't think it has ever really been established in this particular book before. I mean, Omega is literally a former Eggman robot and I don't think I've seen anyone give him shit for it. (Although if they did, they'd risk getting shot for it I imagine.) Still, hoping to grow on Belle more, maybe after the mystery with her is resolved, which I'm kindof hoping will happen by the end of this little arc, I don't see the point of prolonging it. The tower facility seems interesting, feels like a very different kind of story. Just hoping it isn't just mindless running around. I like the new Restoration HQ, hope we get to visit it often. Really think this book could benefit from having a home base of some kind and I like the little we've seen so far. I think Jewel is really working in her new role. I just enjoy Sonic just being affable with everyone. And Tangle is infectiously optimistic. I don't know, I like these characters even if they can be fairly simple personality wise sometimes. It feels very refreshing compared to the sortof bogged down feeling the Archie comics often felt like. Tangle reminds me on Mina in a way, but in Archie Mina tried to be a Freedom Fighter but couldn't due to lack of experience. Feel like Tangle getting to do her own thing with her own ability with no ifs and buts just feels pleasant and fun. So yeah, I'm having fun with Evan Stanley. Hoping the rest of the arc is good. And hey, more Lanolin the better.
  12. Well, that's a shame if that is the case. Hopefully Ian Flynn can maybe confirm that eventually on his podcast if it isn't happening this year or not. I know it sounds entitled but really, stuff like this just makes me think the sooner we get a second monthly book running alongside the main book, the better. Hopefully there's perhaps another mini-series down the line. As for #41:
  13. Minor point, but shouldn't we be hearing news about the 2021 annual soon? I would of thought it would be coming out within a few months hopefully.
  14. Huh, for whatever reason I thought there was a lot more waiting time for them. My memory is very hazy though. I guess we'll see what happens. Like I say though, decent chance we'll get an Olympics game this year as well I would think, unless we know someone else got the Winter Olympics licence.
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